PhillyCraft (7923) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle #126 split with Pat, Joe Beck, and Mr. Fannon. Brownish black pour, not much head at all, small lace, aromas of chocolate, almonds, cabernet, and bourdeaux. Taste is toffee, caramel, coffee beans, dark chocolatem apples, roasty sugars, merlot or another sweet red wine. Flavor was as complex as you can get and constantly change on each sip especially as it warmed slightly. Warming as can be. Another gem from the best brewer in Europe. Vignale (4011) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2012
En riktigt kraftig IS. Väldigt aromatisk, massor av mörka bär, mest svart vinbär, en bouquet som ett bärigt, rökigt och kraftigt rött vin. Kropppen är massiv, kärv, men ändå len. Massor av syrlig mörk choklad, fruktig espresso och kraftigt portvin. gyllenbock (9846) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle bought in Copenhagen in 2010. My last beer in 2012, in total I drank 929 new beers in 2012.
Black with no head. The aroma was complex and vinous with roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, ash and some notes of alcohol. The taste was excellent. Vinous with dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, red wine and some alcohol. The body was unexpectedly "light". I really liked this beer, it was a worthy ending to 2012. Gott nytt år!
caesar (7281) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2010
Tap @ BBF ’10. Dark color, hardly any head. Aroma of thick roasted malt, some red wine, some chocolat. Tastes a lot like the splendid original H&V, but with soft tones of red fruit added. The thick H&V omnipresent. Lovely malty, hint of oak-aging. Just great stuff. bierkoning (13687) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2010
Tap @ BBF 2010. Almost black and opague. Candied fruit, grapes, maple syrup in the aroma. Roasted but vinous flavor with ash and candied fruit, licorice, grapes. Almost perfect balance. Another jewel in the Molen crown.
Borresteijn (7491) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2010
On tap at Borefts BF ’10. Yet another H&V masterpiece. Black colour, thin breige-brown head. Aroma of the regular H&V, chocolate, coffee, touch of vanilla, coconut, hard roasted malts. Flavour is a bit more mellow than the regular, with some light sweet red wine added, no sourness, a bit earthy. Medium to fullbodied. Great great stuff.